Greek Wine

Wine has been a part of Greek culture for at least 4,000 years. Of course, the “worship” of the ancient Greek god of wine, Dionysus, played an important role in lifestyle and cherished folklore for many centuries. 

While excavating an ancient structure on the island of Crete, archaeologists discovered Minoan era wine presses, chalices, amphorae (that iconic two-handled, clay vessel) and wine grape seeds that date back to the 3rd century BC. In another dig, remarkably well preserved wine vessels were found in the ancient palace of King Minos in Knossos. On the mainland, the Myceneans, who existed from 1600-1100 BC, used fine gold and silver goblets to drink wine. Homer makes several mentions of wine in the Odyssey, which has in-depth descriptions of, for instance the  importance of wine as a travel comfort. Amphorae were shaped taller, with a pointed base, to allow for easier storage, and were distributed evenly to maintain the equilibrium of the ships. The ancient amphorae vary Read more »

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Wine and food pairing specialist. With retail, wholesale and import expertise, and the curiosity of an ex-archaeologist, I love to uncover the wines that are the truest expressions of place and time.

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  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Agiorgitiko

    The term Agiorgitiko means "Saint George's grape". This could refer to Saint George's Day, a Greek celebration that o...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

Popular Wineries in Greece View all

  • Bosinakis Winery

    Bosinakis winery has a strong family tradition in winemaking and passion for quality wine. Bosi...

  • Tikves Winery

    The Tikves wine district, recognized as the most important quality vine growing region in Macedon...

  • Hatzidakis Winery

    The Hatzidakis winery was founded in 1996 by Haridimos and Konstantia Hatzidakis on the island of...

  • Volcan Wines

    Volcan Wines, founded in 1880 by Grigoris and Dimitris Koutsoyannopoulos, has become known for it...

  • Agroktima Skouloudis

    In Mytikas, the heart of "Liladio Pedio in the island of Evia, Greece, Skouloudis Family has crea...

  • Gentilini Winery

    From September 2002 the new generation has officially taken over the ownership of Gentilini. With...

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Greece on Snooth

  • Vranec 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by Redwood310


  • Antonopoulos Vineyards White Blend Mantinia 2005

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    Good example of a moschofilero from the appellation of Mantinea. Classic muscat aromas (this greek variety is related to muscat) with a streak of lively minerality. Good stuff! Read More

    Wine review by spikeybones


  • Hatzidakis Winery Assyrtiko Santorini Nykteri 2005

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    Fantastically balanced wine from this boutique winery in a cave on a hillside on Santorini. One of the best examples of this variety. Read More

    Wine review by spikeybones


  • Gentilini Syrah Kephalonia 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by spikeybones


  • Gentilini Robola Kephalonia 2007

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    Undoubtedly the best Robola from Kefalonia, this wine is brilliantly clean with aromas of lime, lemon, grapefruit,honey and hazlenuts. On the palette all the aromas shine through, balanced with crisp acidity and a minerality that really shows the true terroir of the Omala Valley. Excellent value for money. We had it with grilled Sea Bream. Read More

    Wine review by spikeybones


  • Tsantali 2002

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    My husband and I were stationed in Greece for a year and we found a lovely restaurant on the Harbor that served this wine. It instantly became our favorite and we have been searching all over the US trying to find bottles so that we can enjoy it on our anniversary :) Read More

    Wine review by TLebrija


  • Haggipavlu Agiorgitiko Nemea 2009

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    Smooth, mellow, medium-bodied red, something like a Rioja. Great with the Greek meats and cheeses we were eating. Read More

    Wine review by icenined


  • Gaia Estate Agiorgitiko Nemea 2006

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    Smooth and very versatile wine! Read More

    Wine review by jeanandy


  • Kir Yianni Akakies 2007

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    A fresh fruity rosé wine, made with Xinomavron grapes, from Amyntaion terroir, ... terroir, the only terroir in Greece that gives rosé AOC wines.Full body, good acidity, redish color, forest fruit aroma.Excellent with light Greek-Mediterranean dishes. such as "ladera" (vegetables cooked in olive oil) and spaghetti.One of the most typical Greek ... Read More

    Wine review by nikoxy


  • Kir Yianni Akakies 2004

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    No written review

    Wine review by nikoxy


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